Panelizing Deep Energy Retrofits

Edmonton’s Sundance Housing Co-op was precision-scanned and outfitted with a new panellized envelope, improving its energy performance. TEXT Max Amerongen PHOTOS Courtesy Butterwick Projects There’s a lane in Sundance Housing Co-op that provides a perfect “before” and “after” picture for housing in Canada. On one side are the original townhouses, clad in 44-year-old tan stucco … Read more

Agrivoltaic solar farms offer “shocking” benefits beyond producing energy

Next-gen solar parks that enable energy and food production as well as water conservation to work in synergy on the same plot can help solve solar’s growing land-use issue, according to the researchers making them a reality. “There is this big debate around using land for solar versus using it for agriculture,” said Colorado State … Read more

Ubiquitous Energy aims to make solar windows the global standard

US company Ubiquitous Energy has invented a thin coating that turns windows into transparent solar panels, providing other ways to harvest renewable energy in buildings beyond rooftop panels. Ubiquitous Energy describes its technology as being the only transparent photovoltaic glass coating that is “visibly indistinguishable” from traditional windows. Any surface could become a solar panel … Read more

“The design industry needs to imagine a world where we use less energy”

Architects and designers have a huge part to play in the solar revolution, but they also need to find ways to reduce our energy consumption overall, writes Making Design Circular founder Katie Treggiden. This year has seen a glut of solar-powered design projects, from headphones and watches to bikes and even the “first production-ready solar … Read more

Balancing Energy-Efficiency and Aesthetics: Large-Scale Thermal Fenestration Systems

Balancing Energy-Efficiency and Aesthetics: Large-Scale Thermal Fenestration Systems Share Share Facebook Twitter Mail Pinterest Whatsapp Or https://www.archdaily.com/984267/balancing-energy-efficiency-and-aesthetics-large-scale-thermal-fenestration-systems The total energy demand from buildings has risen in recent years. Driven by improved access in developing countries, greater ownership of energy-consuming devices and increasing urban densities, today it accounts for over one-third of global energy consumption and … Read more

Self-powered Homes That Pay for Themselves by Producing Clean Energy

Self-powered Homes That Pay for Themselves by Producing Clean Energy Courtesy of Cosmic Buildings Share Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest Whatsapp Mail Or https://www.archdaily.com/980354/self-powered-homes-that-pay-for-themselves-by-producing-clean-energy Now that the effects of climate change are visible and indisputable, consumers are more environmentally conscious than ever. In fact, as a United Nations 2021 study suggests, 85% of them reveal that … Read more